As citizens of Davidson, we rely on a safe, clean community in which to live and raise our families. Citizen safety encompasses many facets. Adequate police, fire and EMS resources, as well as well-maintained roads, sidewalks and greenway connections are components that work together to keep our citizens safe and maintain our quality of life.
While Davidson’s overall crime rate is 60% lower than the national average, the number of actual incidents has increased 38% from 2005 to 2015 as our population has doubled in the last decade. Despite the increase, we have only added three officers and our police facilities leave much to be desired. Furthermore, our fire and EMS teams continue to experience greater call volumes each year. Our second fire station is a welcome addition, but the space and resources at Fire Station One are woefully inadequate.
In addition, the Public Works Department endeavors to create and maintain a safe physical environment but is struggling to keep up. Several of our heavily-traveled roads desperately need resurfacing. We want to be a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly town, but we still have a long way to go to achieve this goal. Numerous locations lack sidewalks, we do not have marked bike lanes on critical roads (East Rocky River, Shearer, etc.), and our greenways are still missing key connections.
I propose prioritizing funding in our budget to:
- Provide police, fire and EMS resources with access to the facilities and equipment they need to perform their jobs.
- Gradually transition to full-time, paid fire and EMS staff for key positions.
- Better maintain our roads.
- Add sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and lighting.
- Finish key greenway connections.